The internet is awash right now in “places you should go in 2012” lists.
Some of them suck.
Some of them are pretty good.
This is neither.
However, I did want to sit down for a quiet moment and spend a minute reflecting on 2011 and sharing with you some personal reflections on the year ahead, both travel-wise and news about the future of this online magazine.
First, Welcome Aboard Sarah, New Assistant Editor
Sarah Salter is a STE reader and I’m looking forward to meeting her in person later this month – we’ve mostly been Twitter buddies. I’m so excited to announce that Sarah is coming on board as assistant editor.
I need the help – if for no other reason than my old laptop keyboard makes mistakes, and I do too. Quality is so important, and I’m looking forward to having Sarah keeping an eye on our content.
Looking back on 2011
Last year, we embraced a new ethos, which we call “value luxury” – finding the experiences that make you feel special, fit your travel budget, and leave you with stories to tell for weeks to come. We launched a whole eBook about it, How to Find First Class Experiences on an Economy Budget.
I traveled quite a bit, but less so than in previous years. We had a lot of amazing guest posts. Since we published over 200 featured articles, it’s hard to pick a favorite – but thanks to a huge site upgrade this summer, you can search our archives by map, by theme, by topic, or use our “surprise me” feature, so no excuses for finding what you need. 🙂
We also rolled out a new travel booking portal – I’m hearing rave reviews on our new DIY hotel finder, as well as an uptick in queries to our travel concierge. Please don’t forget us when you’re ready to book a trip!
2012, The Year Ahead
This year I’m hoping we continue to really hone in on this focus of great experiences that don’t cost a fortune. I am also talking with advertisers and potentially sponsoring partners in order to bring you all contests, freebies, and other fresh travel ideas and wanderlust.
But, I need your help this year.
Specifically, here are two ways you can help:
- Be A Guest Contributor and share your “value luxury” tips with our readers. Maybe you know of a great place to stay, or perhaps it’s this quirky and cool attraction that is a great experience. Did you piece together a train trip, a driving itinerary, or some other excursion that will have people drooling? You don’t have to be a professional photographer to write a photo essay or a Pulitzer Prize winner to write. Click here to send in your ideas.
- Leave a Comment Below and tell me one thing you’d love Sharing Travel to do in 2012. Maybe it’s a contest you’d like us to run, a destination we should cover, a topic you’d like us to write about, or a website feature you’d like. Name a wish, we’ll try to grant it!
Of course, if you’ve got piles of cash lying around, we’ll also be interested in any spare bills you might have on offer. 🙂
Thanks so much for your attention, your comments, your clicks and likes and tweets in 2011. We had well over half a million pageviews last year, but even better were the countless connections, the conversations, and the travel experiences. Let’s make 2012 even better,